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    Marie Antoinette Document Signed as Queen of France and Navarre. One page, 8.5" x 12" (sight), in French, Versailles, April 1, 1783, for compensation for the feeding of troops. It reads, in translation:

    "General Treasurer of our financial house, Mr. Marc Antoine François Marie Randon de la Tour, we want to [illegible] funds by the State for the maintenance and feeding of several of our garrisoned [?] officers during the current year. Pay in cash to Sir Louis Auguste Baudouin and reimburse him from the [illegible] of our stables the sum of 60 livres that we have agreed to pay him to compensate him during the months of January, February, and March [illegible] by you, this notice with receipt [illegible] enough to pass the sum of 60 livres to our account [illegible] the King's Accountant. Our very honored Lords [?] married in Paris, which we [illegible] you to do without difficulties."

    Later that same year, Paris would play host to the envoys of the United States and Great Britain during the signing of the Treaty of Pairs, ending the Revolutionary War. Light fading of text along the vertical fold; toning at the edges. Antoinette's signature is small, but bold. Matted and framed with a portrait of the queen to an overall size of 24" x 19.75".

    Maria Antonia Josefa Johanna von Habsburg-Lothringen (1755 - 1793), known to history as Marie Antoinette, was the daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Francis I and Maria Theresa of Austria. She was married to Louis XVI of France at the tender age of fourteen. She was also the mother of "the lost dauphin," Louis XVII, but is perhaps best remembered for her legendary (and, some modern historians say, exaggerated) excesses, and for her death: she was executed by guillotine at the height of the French Revolution in 1793, for the crime of treason.


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